How Does Volunteering Fit Into a Busy Life?

In today’s society, people are busier than ever. The typical 9-5 job is a rarity, commuting is more time consuming than ever, family time is very limited, and me-time is almost non-existent, if at all. It is easy when asked why you don’t volunteer to offer up the excuse, “I’m busy.” Yes, it is just that – an excuse. Author Elizabeth Andrew once said, “Volunteer do not necessarily have the time; they have the heart.” There are 24 hours in a day, 48 hours in a weekend, and 168 hours in 1 week. If you can’t dedicate 3 hours of your life, or 1.7% of your entire week, to helping a cause, you’d better be absolutely swamped with work. Many volunteers dedicate just a few hours on the weekend to helping a cause, but there are some people who claim they can’t even make the time for that. Luckily it is 2015 and just like everything else in the world, volunteering has gone digital. That’s right – you can volunteer from the comforts of your very own home without ever having to leave the comforts of your bed as a “digital volunteer.”
Below are a few examples of digital volunteering courtesy of The Huffington Post:
American Red Cross
Want to use social media to make a greater impact? The Red Cross offers training for individuals interested in assisting their social engagement team in communicating with people on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using Radian6 and other online tools during times of disaster.
The United Nations
Choose one of the many volunteer opportunities available through the United Nations based on either your skills and experience, a specific development topic like environment, health or gender or a specific geographic location.
All For Good
The All For Good database makes it easy to search by your local area, by state, by exclusively virtual opportunities or even for self-directed volunteer positions.
To search current open volunteer opportunities:
VolunteerMatch is a database of digital volunteer opportunities, but filtering options allow you to filter by location, distance from location, keywords, skills, organization name, preferred partners, national service, cause areas (ranging in everything from animals to LGBT) and age range.
To get started: